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The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories

by Leo Tolstoy

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Wikipedia: The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Russian: Смерть Ивана Ильича Smert Ivana Ilyicha), first published in 1886, is a novella by Leo Tolstoy. It is one of Tolstoy's most celebrated pieces of late fiction. This work stems in part from Tolstoy's anguished intellectual and spiritual struggles which led to his conversion to idiosyncratic Buddhism-like Christianity. Central to the story is an examination on the nature of both life and death, and how man can come to terms with death's very inevitability. The novella was acclaimed by Vladimir Nabokov and Mahatma Gandhi as the greatest in the whole of Russian literature.
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Ivan Ilych Golovin, a high court judge in St. Petersburg with a wife and family, lives a carefree, comme il faut life which is "most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible". One day, after falling from hanging curtains, he begins to suffer from a mysterious pain in his left abdomen. The pain becomes more and more excruciating. He is forced to visit physicians, who cannot pinpoint the source of his malady, although it soon becomes clear his condition is terminal. He is brought face to face with his mortality, and realizes that although he knows of it, he does not truly grasp it.
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"The Death of Ivan Ilyich" is one of the masterpieces of Tolstoy's late fiction and the first major fictional work to be published by the author after his crisis and conversion to Christianity. The story of the life and death at the age of forty-five, of a high court prosecutor in 19th-century Russia, it is an intense and moving examination of loss and the possibilities of redemption, in which Tolstoy explores the dichotomy between the artificial and the authentic life. The nine other stories in this new collection include "Hadji Murat" which has been described by Harold Bloom as 'the best story in the world' and "The Devil", a tale of sexual obsession based on Tolstoy's own relationship with a married peasant woman on his estate in the years before his marriage. Magnificently translated by the acclaimed translating team behind War and Peace, this new volume captures the richness and immediacy of Tolstoy's language and reveals the author as a passionate moral guide, an unflinching seeker of truth, and a creator of enduring and universal art.

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